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English citations of rainmaker

  1. (originally Canada, US, figuratively, informal) A person having the ability to generate business for a company, organization, etc.
    • 2008 June 4, Todd S[tanley] Purdum, “The Comeback Id”, in Vanity Fair[1], archived from the original on 17 February 2015:
      Over the years, [Bill] Clinton has had three main business involvements with [Ronald] Burkle. The first is a broad advisory capacity, for which Clinton has been paid flat fees for work as a rainmaker and liaison between Burkle and various potential investors.
  2. (originally Canada, US, figuratively, informal) An investor in start-up business ventures.
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